Jewels of the North West 2024

Broome to Perth

Duration

19 Days

Departs

Friday 6 September, 2024

From

$9,790

Your next holiday awaits!

“”Loved everything! The fellowship, devotions and singing together, sightseeing, talks by BCA workers…””

This Tour Includes

A Christian Tour Leader throughout your holiday

Daily Devotions and Time for Worship

Return Economy Airfares

Air-Conditioned Touring Coach with Toilet

Quality Accommodation with Private Facilities
6 multiple overnight stays for more relaxed touring

Sightseeing as outlined and all entry fees

18 Breakfasts
11 Lunches
18 Dinners

Tour Summary

Come with CFT to explore one of the last true wilderness areas on Earth – be inspired by Australia’s vast landscapes as well as the dedicated BCA Field Staff who serve God in these remote regions. We will go on an unforgettable journey of discovery as we tour a part of Australia that is often difficult to access as an individual traveller. From Broome, Pearl of the North, travel through varied landscapes covering billions of years in history.

Join us as we explore the Jewels of the North West!

Highlights & Inclusions

Tour Map

Your Travel Itinerary

Day 1
Friday 6 September 2024

Broom at Leisure

Fly into Broome today to begin our wonderful exploration of the Jewels of the North West. You will be met by your CFT Tour Leader and transferred to meet your fellow travellers who have been enjoying the Ultimate Outback Pilgrimage.

Overnight: Broome

Day 2
Saturday 7 September 2024

Pearl Lugger Museum | Broome Sightseeing | Cable Beach Camel Ride

Early birds may want to check out the Broome Courthouse Markets (start at 8am) before we begin our day’s sightseeing. Broome is the home of beautiful South Sea pearls and their discovery in the 1800s saw Japanese, Filipino and Malay pearl divers arrive in droves, creating a melting pot of cultures; immerse yourself in Broome’s multicultural heritage with a visit the Japanese Cemetery and the Pearl Lugger Museum.

Travel back in time when we visit the striking rust-red cliffs at Gantheaume Point to look at ancient dinosaur footprints.

This afternoon we will spend time on famous Cable Beach, renown for 22 kilometres of white sand and turquoise waters.

Get ready for a quintessential Broome experience and marvel at a spectacular Indian Ocean sunset from the back of a friendly camel. (Please note a 90kg weight restriction applies to camel rides).

Overnight: Broome

Day 3
Sunday 8 September 2024

Worship | 80 Mile Beach | Port Hedland

Enjoy Morning worship in Broome before we are on the road – this drive will help us appreciate the distances BCA missionaries need to travel. Halfway to Port Hedland we visit stunning 80 Mile Beach where the Great Sandy Desert approaches the Indian Ocean. This area is one of the most important sites for migratory shorebirds, or waders, in Australia.

Overnight: Port Hedland

Day 4
Monday 9 September 2024

Newman

2 Nights

Travel through rugged BCA country before we reach Newman, the largest modern mining town in the East Pilbara region.

Overnight: Newman

Day 5
Tuesday 10 September 2024

Time at Leisure | Mine Visit | BCA Fellowship

A rest from travelling as we spend the morning at leisure time in this mining town. After lunch we will tour the largest single open-cut iron ore mine in the world; a tour of the Mount Whaleback Mining Company will give you an understanding of the powerful machinery used in the mining of these rich ore deposits. (Clothing restrictions apply – long sleeves, trousers and covered shoes required).

Tonight, we will be joined by the Newman BCA staff, Roger & Amanda Kyngndon, for dinner.

Overnight: Newman

Day 6
Wednesday 11 September 2024

Karijini National Park | Tom Price

Today we travel through Karijini National Park, one of WA’s most spectacular natural attractions two billion years in the making. We are heading to Tom Price via Dales and Fortescue Falls – a beautiful day of gorges and changing scenery.

Overnight: Tom Price

Day 7
Thursday 12 September 2024

Millstream Chichester National Park | Karratha

This morning we take the Hamersley Iron Road to Millstream Chichester National Park, an oasis in the Pilbara desert region; the presence of permanent water attracts over 120 bird species, 30 mammal species, 150 reptile species and 500 plant species. As we travel from the desert to the coastal town of Karratha we will stop at Python Pool and Roebourne, the oldest town in the North West. Along the way, we may see one of the massive iron ore trains heading from the Pilbara to the coast. Our dinner guests tonight will be BCA Field Staff Frank & Jo Nicol.

Overnight: Karratha

Day 8
Friday 13 September 2024

Exmouth & Coral Coast

We depart for Exmouth, our drive taking us over the Fortescue River to the Nanaturra Roadhouse before we detour west towards the range along the Exmouth Gulf. Exmouth is the “Northern Gateway” to the Coral Coast, an area of world-heritage significance and a microcosm of everything that is rare, beautiful and special on our planet. This region includes the spectacular rocky gorges and beautiful coastline of the Cape Range National Park and the pristine Ningaloo Marine Park. Our dinner guests tonight will be BCA Field Staff Simon & Alison Robert.

Overnight: Exmouth

Day 9
Saturday 14 September 2024

Ningaloo Reef | Carnarvon

2 Nights

We travel south to Coral Bay to cruise the breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Coast. Experience this marine wonderland before we head south to Carnarvon, a coastal town situated at the mouth of the Gascoyne River. The town is surrounded by a vast variety of agriculture which we will drive through as we head for our accommodation.

Overnight: Carnarvon

Day 10
Sunday 15 September 2024

Worship | Carnarvon | Time at Leisure | Space & Technology Museum

Carnarvon is a tropical oasis on the doorstep of the Indian Ocean and we will worship here with Carnarvon locals. We visit the Space and Technology Museum which celebrates the little-known history of the role Carnarvon played in the manned space program and in the Australian communications industry. Enjoy some time at leisure to go for a wander around Carnarvon or relax at our hotel before dinner.

Overnight: Carnarvon

Day 11
Monday 16 September 2024

Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre | Hamelin Pool | Shell Beach | Denham

2 Nights

This morning we visit the Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre which celebrates the five Aboriginal language groups of the Gascoyne Region, Yinggarda, Bayungu, Malgana, Thadgari and Thalanyji. Learn about local indigenous culture and traditions through an interactive exhibition, films, oral histories, and artefacts.

We then travel south to Hamelin Pool, home to the most diverse and abundant examples of Stromatolites in the world, unique creatures often referred to as “living fossils. On our way to Denham, the most westerly town in Australia, we will visit Eagle Bluff and the beautiful Shell Beach; a 70-km snow-white beach made up of millions of tiny shells up to 10 metres deep.

Overnight: Denham

Day 12
Tuesday 17 September 2024

Shark Bay Discovery Centre | Time at Leisure

This morning we visit the Shark Bay Discovery Centre that combines internationally inspired collections with today’s interactive technology; discover natural wonders and historic treasures of Dutch, English and French explorers from as early as 1616. This afternoon you can chose to relax or explore at leisure. Wander around Denham’s Jetty and soak up the beauty of the town’s surroundings – it’s easy to see why Shark Bay is World Heritage listed.

Overnight: Denham

Day 13
Wednesday 18 September 2024

Monkey Mia | Kalbarri National Park | Kalbarri

We hope that this morning we get to mingle with the famous bottlenose dolphins who have been coming to visit Monkey Mia for over 50 years. Keep in mind that dolphins swim free in the ocean and even CFT cannot guarantee their appearance. From here we travel onto one of WA’s most beautiful National Parks, Kalbarri National Park, and Hawks Head Lookout to view the dramatic Murchison River Gorge. We hope to see the spectacular wildflowers of the region (subject to the flowering season) and may be lucky to spot some of the almost 200 species of birds, including Sea and Wedge-Tailed Eagles that call the river home. Keep an eye out for the iconic WA Black Swan that breeds by the hundreds in the shallow pools.

Overnight: Kalbarri

Day 14
Thursday 19 September 2024

Kalbarri National Park | Coral Coast | Geraldton

2 Nights

We continue to travel south along the Coral Coast from Kalbarri to Geraldton. Whilst it is only a short distance, we will have a packed lunch enroute so we can enjoy more of Kalbarri National Park. We visit the Hole in the Rock or “Nature’s Window”, a natural formation in the rock that frames the river perfectly inside it when viewed from the right angle.

Then feel like you are floating on air as you take in spectacular views from the Skywalk, a platform suspended 100 metres above the Murchinson River. The incredible sights continue as we stop at Port Gregory to view the amazing Pink Lake before we drive to Geraldton, the region’s only deep-water port.

Tonight, we hope to be joined by BCA’s David & Emma Thompson for dinner – the Thompson’s have been newly appointed to Dongara, 45 mins south of Geraldton.

Overnight: Geraldton

Day 15
Friday 20 September 2024

Geraldton Cathedral | Sightseeing | BCA Fellowship

Our day today will include a tour of the Geraldton Cathedral, where we will meet the Dean. We will do some other local sightseeing including a visit to the HMAS Sydney II Memorial where we will remember the 645 crew members lost to war in 1941.

Enjoy some free time to explore the town – Geraldton is situated at the heart of the Batavia Coast so why not visit the Western Australian Museum to see the tragic stories revealed by relics of shipwrecks?

Overnight: Geraldton

Day 16
Saturday 21 September 2024

The Pinnacles | Perth | BCA Fellowship

3 Nights

Today we travel south to Perth stopping in Nambung National Park; wander amongst the ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles – unique weathered rock spires of limestone rising out of yellow sand dunes. We arrive in picturesque Perth late afternoon, a last stop in our Outback adventure. The capital of Western Australia, Perth, sits where the Swan River meets the southwest coast – sandy beaches line its suburbs, and the huge, riverside Kings Park and Botanic Garden on Mt. Eliza offer sweeping views of the city.

Overnight: Perth

Day 17
Sunday 22 September 2024

Worship | Perth Sightseeing

This morning we enjoy Sunday worship at historic St George’s Anglican Cathedral, the mother-church of the Anglican Diocese of Perth. Consecrated in 1888, the Cathedral stands as an architectural gem to the glory of God, and is one of only a few cathedrals constructed of handmade bricks.

Today you can explore the city of Perth at your own pace from an open top double decker bus – we have included a 24-hour ticket on the Perth Explorer which will take you to all the popular spots around Perth including Kings Park, Northbridge, Crown Perth, Elizabeth Quay, The Perth Mint and Art Gallery. Don’t miss the Swan Bells, one of the largest musical instruments on Earth. Enjoy a complete circuit bus tour with full commentary or Hop-on / Hop-off as you wish.

Overnight: Perth

Day 18
Monday 23 September 2024

Rottnest Island

Just off the coast of Perth is the incredible Rottnest Island, home to the ultra-cute Quokkas; these unique marsupials are almost extinct on the mainland but 10,000 still live on the island. Our day out includes a ferry ride and a comprehensive 4-hour tour to discover the island’s amazing flora and fauna, stunning beaches, woodlands and incredible salt lakes. Learn about Rottnest’s cultural and historical heritage ranging from maritime and military history. Wow! Tonight, we hope to be joined for dinner by BCA’s Dennis & Valda Taylor, who serve BCA providing First Nations Ministry Training.

Overnight: Perth

Day 19
Tuesday 24 September 2024

Home

We bid farewell to our newly made friends and head home feeling blessed by all the wonderful people we have meet and the unique experiences we have shared.

All Inclusive Fares

Jewels of the North West 2024 Pricing

Departs from: Description Twin PP Single
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide 19 Day Jewels of the North West | NWA24091 $9,790 $11,990

Tour Code:

NWA24091

Departs:

Friday 6 September, 2024

Returns:

Tuesday 24 September, 2024

Departing:

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Adelaide

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FLIGHTS

Flights from other capital cities and regional centres may be required to connect with this tour. It is recommended that you book your flights as early as possible in order to get the best price. CFT can assist with flight bookings for an administration fee of $25.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Deposit of $800 due upon booking
50% of Tour Fare due Monday 15 April 2024
Final Balance due Monday 1 July 2024

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Jewels of the North West 2024
Friday 6 September, 2024
19 Days

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Jewels of the North West 2024
Friday 6 September, 2024
19 Days

Tour Partner BCA

Why choose a BCA Outback Holiday? For over 100 years, Bush Church Aid (BCA) has been providing Bible based ministry in remote and rural Australia and since 1977 our company has worked closely with BCA to offer tours to their supporters. This tour is open to all people keen to experience the Outback with the added advantage of meeting Christian families who live and serve in these areas. There is no obligation to become an active supporter, but we know your holiday will be vastly enriched by meeting BCA supported Field Staff. Come join us!